A new entry to the Omicron Matter – Arranging a Demonstration. Simone Campbell has weathered the pointed questions from Brian Tuireann, but Millicent wants them out of the engine room for now. She herds the two men back to the bridge. On the way she has a private conversation with Tuireann stating her larger motives.
For those who are new to the Omicron Matter, the book home page is a good place to start.
I am back from a short break. I have just about finished up the next chapter so there should be plenty of entries through the new year. Brian Tuireann is an interesting character I may have to do more with. He is a long friend of Millicent’s but he is also a canny business man willing to gouge prices. The question is whether he is ready to challenge the Guild so directly.
Thanks for your support. Look for more on Monday.
In Transit to a Gas Giant
Brian and Uynack stared at the metallic box. Millicent clapped her hands and said, “Simone will need to prepare for the transition. You will want to see the rings working. It is quite spectacular. For now let’s return to the galley and keep our poor Kaum Legit company.” Liam led the two guests out of the engine room. Millicent leaned in to Simone and said, “Well done, Miss Campbell. Watch those discussions about ‘inspiration’. Brian’s an old friend, but he will contest a patent if he thinks it will save money.”
Simone said, “Rachael would have thrown something at him. Cheeky bastard.”
Millicent sighed saying, “And thus I am grateful you were the one to answer.” She patted Simone on the shoulder and left.
Brian waited by the stairs. Liam and Uynack had taken the lift to avoid climbing in the high gravity. Millicent waved him forward into the stairs. He said, “You and Charles helped considerably.”
Millicent gritted her teeth and said, “We gave them the tools they needed. They did the work.”
Brian shrugged and panted a little as they climbed, “That will bother the Guild even more than if you did the work.”
Millicent said, “Stop.” She pulled out the device he gave her two days ago and scanned for listeners. She showed Brian it was clear. She then leaned into his face and said, “Maybe you haven’t heard. The Guild plans to destroy their planet.”
Brian protested, “Still…”
Millicent snapped and pointed down the stairs, “Still…nothing. They are trying to save their planet and that device will be key.” She looked around and said, “I think I’ve violated enough protocols in the last year for the Guild to lock me away for the rest of my life. So if I am wrong about this, I will have a very bleak future indeed.”
Brian smirked, “Wrong about what?”
“That you are part of a coalition opposed to the Guild. That all of our buyers on this trip are.” She waved around the ship and said, “Those drives are how the coalition can beat the Guild.”
Brian looked her, smiled and said, “You just made this trip more interesting. And I didn’t think that was possible.” He sped up the stairs.